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Let conditions be the guide

Dear Editor,

Republicans favor local decision making. Gov. Bill Owens says all Colorado county commissioners should declare a fire ban right now.

Bureaucrats love rules, but they hate common sense. Garfield County emergency management director Guy Meyer wants an automatic fire ban every year – from Memorial Day to Labor Day. He bases this on the fact that “We’ve had a fire ban every year since 1990.” Maybe true, but not every year from Memorial Day to Labor Day. We’ve had fire bans when we needed them.

Do these guys think our county commissioners are incompetent? I don’t like wildfires any more than you do, but isn’t a ban a decision best left to the commissioners on a week-by-week, month-by-month, season-by-season basis? Based on local, not statewide conditions?

If we need a ban, fine, let’s have one. But just because the Front Range might be bone dry doesn’t necessarily mean we have a problem in Garfield County. And just because last summer was dry doesn’t mean this one will be, too.

Fire is serious stuff. If Guy Meyer wants to be pro-active in fire regulations, I recommend he look at subdivisions “nestled in the pinons.” Sometimes it’s oak brush. Check your local real estate listings.

Ed Colby

New Castle

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